August 23, 2013 Subject:
Super Circus is a classically fun family show that aired from 1949 to 1956 every Sunday at 5pm EST on ABC. It appealed to the hearty white American social class, seeing that its show time was during the 'family hour' and that the entire live studio audience consisted of smiley white American children. It was first produced in Chicago by Phil Patton, but later in New York. Claude Kirchner hosted the show, alongside the beautiful Mary Hartline who became known for her short skirts and shiny white boots. Hartline was "the Queen" of the circus, but also filled other roles including the drum majorette, clown gag participant, and merchandiser. She helped advertise for the shows sponsors: Kellog's Corn Flakes, Sweetheart Soap, and Mars Inc. (Mars Bars, Snickers, and 3 Musketeers). Heartline's beauty, which stood out despite the fact that the show was filmed in black and white, carried her to also become one of TV's first sex symbols and eventually led her to even advertised for her own line of products on the show, including dolls modeled after her. Another character on the show was Mike Wallace, who also served as a merchandiser, specifically for Peter Pan Peanut butter. In an interview with Wallace on the Archive of American Television, Wallace tells a story of one evening show in which the elephant trainers forgot to properly prepare the animals for performance. Upon their entrance, the elephants covered the sawdust ring with turds much to the children's dismay.
February 19, 2009 Subject:
I love watching these Super Circus shows but other than the nostalgic value and my love for Snickers I don't know why! The clowns scare the crap out of me and Mary Hartline is a heffer! I guess back then her body type was considered attractive but I just see her as FAT! She is the Vanna White of her day... no talent and no purpose other than smiling and doing what the producer told her to do! I want a Snickers.
August 12, 2008 Subject:
Facinating little Live TV broadcast here.
April 13, 2008 Subject:
I remember watching this show!
Its truly strange to view this again! I was born in 54 so they must have had that show on reruns! I was a little kids when I saw this show. What I remember most is the clown at the beginning of this show. For many little kids the face of some clowns are frightening. I remember the face of this clown in that the clown has very distorted eyes. I don't really remember the main body of the show just the clown face. Its strange what we remember.